Graduate Students

Meet our Graduate Research Assistants

Spring-Summer 2020

Throughout the year, the Center for HOPES is honored to host graduate students from the College of Public Health’s Division of Health Services Management & Policy. Our students often spend several semesters with us, working with the HOPES team to conduct policy-relevant health research. As students, they bring new perspectives and energy to the Center, while receiving doctoral mentorship from our staff and refining their analytical and written and oral communication skills.


Evan Goldstein

Doctoral candidate, Division of Health Services Management & Policy

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Research interests: Health care policy research; health services research

Education: Master of Public Policy, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge; BA in Economics, Tulane University

Why Evan chose The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health: “The program is small but intensive, affording incredible resources, faculty interaction and support, and research and teaching opportunities. The program is housed in a division that has a world-class health care administration program. There are also ample training and learning opportunities with top-ranked graduate programs at Ohio State, including connections with the colleges of medicine, nursing, public affairs, business, and arts and sciences. The faculty, program, and Graduate School will genuinely invest in your development.”

Evan provides analytical support on several HOPES projects as he wraps up his dissertation research.

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Selasi Attipoe

Doctoral candidate, Division of Health Services Management & Policy

Home country: Ghana

Research interests: Organizational management; health information technology; health and wellness

Education: MA in Kinesiology and BS in Kinesiology, University of Maryland

Why Selasi decided to pursue her PhD: “During my time at the Department of Defense Center of Excellence, the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP), I became fascinated with how health organizations operate and positively influence people, as well as how health technology affects efficiency and employee well-being. I decided to expand the depth and scope of my expertise and research abilities to include these interests. I am currently exploring some of these topics through my dissertation work.”

Selasi provides analytical and organizational support on several HOPES projects as she conducts her dissertation research.

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Brian O’rourke

Doctoral student, Division of Health Services Management & Policy

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Research interests: End of Life Care & Advanced Care Planning, Resource Allocation & Rationing, Politics of Health Policy, Ethics

Education: BA in Biology, Case Western Reserve University. MA in Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University

Why Brian decided to pursue his PhD: “It originated after spending a lot of time volunteering at a large health care system during my undergraduate years: I found myself frustrated seeing these brand new all-glass buildings and giant art collections adorning the hallways while at the same knowing that in the surrounding Cleveland neighborhoods, a significant proportion of individuals could not even receive basic health care services due to a lack of insurance or underinsurance. I thought a PhD would be a great way to learn about the system and eventually do meaningful research on it.”

Brian provides analytical support on several HOPES projects as he continues his doctoral coursework.

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